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Operators are key in the growing senior living sector

Demographics and a demand-supply imbalance are compelling reasons for debt providers to back senior living, although partnering with experienced operators is crucial.

Five talking points from Savills’ state of the property debt market address

The need to refinance a huge pile of maturing debt, lenders’ reticence to fund retail, and the growing importance of cashflow were among key topics raised at the consultancy’s latest Financing Property presentation.

UK still offers long-term opportunities for real estate investors, despite Brexit turmoil

Just as the Brexit vote dampened activity, this year’s political uncertainty is taking its toll. But, as in 2016, certain sectors remain resilient, writes Lorna Brown of Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets

The UK’s upstart lenders are earning credibility

Many of the emergent lenders targeting the country’s smaller-scale property loan space have yet to prove their staying power, but some are building solid businesses.

Alternatives are coming into focus

There are benefits for debt providers in looking outside the mainstream real estate sectors. But financing alternative property assets requires an understanding of the factors driving demand.

Lenders should not always give borrowers what they want

Although some borrowers are asking for higher leverage, lenders should only provide it when there is a clear opportunity to add value to an asset.

SAREB risks losing momentum by abandoning NPL sales altogether

Spain’s ‘bad bank’ will not put large portfolios of toxic assets up for sale, despite high demand from investors. This refusal might be unnecessary.

Europe’s office opportunity moves south

Investment volumes for German offices are down as investors and their lenders increasingly look to Spain.

Why property lenders don’t think they will cause the next downturn

Panellists at the fifth annual Real Estate Conference in Oxford insisted that reckless lending is no longer the norm, but warned of parallels with the activities that occurred in the run-up to the global financial crisis.

Italy must shore up its laws to attract global capital

The dubious case involving Blackstone in Milan is only the latest obstacle for foreign investors.
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